Compact Will Help States Create Consistent Regulations
LEXINGTON, Ky.— Last week, Kentucky became the second state to pass legislation that allows the state to join the new Interstate Racing Compact. The Council of State Governments’ National Center for Interstate Compacts provided assistance during the drafting phase of the compact, which will become activated and have the force of law if adopted by six states. Colorado adopted the compact earlier this legislative session.
Crady deGolian, director of the National Center for Interstate Compacts, said the goal of the Interstate Racing Compact is to create more consistent rules and regulations for horse and dog racing between member states.
“The agreement will facilitate the growth of the industry by simplifying the process of participating in racing,” deGolian said. “It will improve the quality and integrity of racing and wagering, more effectively regulate simulcast and wagering systems and activities, and reduce--through cooperative action--costs incurred by states and participants.”
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said Kentucky’s participation in the compact was an important move for The Bluegrass State.
“Now, with the passage of Senate Bill 24, Kentucky can continue its leadership role as the Horse Capital of the World,” Beshear noted in a press release. “This compact will better the industry not just in Kentucky, but across the nation, and allows us a prominent seat at the table in proposing uniform regulations among member states. The compact will allow participants to operate under uniform rules and regulations, where applicable, while still maintaining regulation at the state level.
The Council of State Government’s National Center for Interstate Compacts serves as an information clearinghouse, a provider of training and technical assistance and a primary facilitator in assisting states in the review, revision and creation of new interstate compacts to solve multi-state problems. The compacts center is a program borne from CSG’s more than 75-year history of promoting multi-state problem solving and advocating the role of the states in determining their respective futures
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